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This tiny chapel is always open for travelers — and weddings. Take a look inside

If you’re traveling toward Myrtle Beach on U.S. 501 and you’re passing the hospital, you’ve gone too far. And if you’re still near Lake Busbee, you’re not quite there yet.

It can be easy to miss, but hundreds of vehicles pass it every day.

It’s the Travelers Chapel, tucked between trees just off the westbound side of 501.

“You can’t fill a lot inside, but when you do fill it, it’s filled with love and a wonderful place to join in marriage,” said Eric Hunt, who officiates dozens of wedding ceremonies in the chapel each year.

The spot isn’t just for weddings — it’s a quiet place for people to stop to gather their thoughts, pray and meditate, Hunt said. Some of the best things about the chapel: it’s always open and free to use, he said.

Measuring 12 feet by 24 feet, the chapel has six pews — each one barely holding two people. The walls are a clean, light blue shade with slender stained glass windows. It takes less than 15 steps to get to the altar, an easy walk for a bride.

A Georgetown couple joined hands in marriage at the chapel on Friday. Frederick Campbell and Wilhemina Scott met 16 years ago after Scott moved to Campbell’s street.

“He was in his garden every day after work, and I started flirting with him,” she said.

It took about two weeks of flirting before they started dating, and the couple has been together ever since.

“I’m Mrs. Campbell,” the bride said after the short ceremony, with just her sister as a guest.

The couple and family members celebrated after at Golden Corral, Scott’s favorite restaurant.

The chapel was built in 1972 by Rev. Emory Young and his son Bruce Young, and is a nonprofit overseen by a board of community volunteers.

The property is funded by donations, which can be mailed to 167 Windmeadows Dr., Conway, S.C. 29526.

The Sun News Reporter Hannah Strong is passionate about making the world better through what she reports and writes. Strong, who is a Pawleys Island native, is quick to jump on breaking news, profiles stories about people in the community and obituaries. Strong has won four S.C. Press Association first-place awards, including one for enterprise reporting after riding along with police during a homicide. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Winthrop University.
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